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Testing the dog: Oregon State University is testing domestic animals for FREE.   To obtain testing approval, the following criteria must be met: 1.Test approval requires that the animal be from a home with a human case of COVID-19 and the animal must present with respiratory or gastrointestinal signs. 2.  Must have Idaho Public Health Veterinarian, Dr. Leslie Tengelsen's, approval first. Contact Dr. Tengelsen, Leslie.Tengelsen@dhw.idaho.gov. 3. Once the decision is made to test, the veterinarian should collect samples with proper PPE (eye protection, mask, gown, and gloves in a closed room). Proper samples: Use only Dacron or polyester swabs to collect...

The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) asked that information on what AAVLD and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) laboratories are doing With respect to SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing for animals. To be clear, they are not advocating for testing, but simply making the information available. https://www.aavld.org/assets/1_Oasis2020/HomePage/COVID-19Info/V2%20SHAREABLE%20AAVLD%20NAHLN%20Labs%20offering%20COVID%20Animal%20Testing%20Survey%20Responses%204.24.20.pdf The AVMA-AAVLD-NASPHV-NASAHO Joint Statement on Testing for SARS-CoV-2 is available here:  https://ebusiness.avma.org/files/coronavirus/COVID-19-Joint-Statement-Testing.pdf, and all groups are in alignment....

The AVMA Advocacy staff has been closely monitoring COVID-19 legislative developments in Washington, DC.  As you are aware, there has been a tremendous demand for the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Programs.  As of April 13, the Small Business Administration reported that they have approved close to $259 million in PPP loans and Department of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said that without an infusion of new funds, PPP will run out of money as soon as Friday. Some media outlets are reporting that it will run out...

Washington Animal Diagnostic Disease Laboratory COVID-19 Webinar FREE WEBINAR What we know about COVID-19 in companion animals Tuesday April 14 from 6-7 pm Link to join Webinar via Zoom https://wsu.zoom.us/j/210528475?pwd=OGtZa2VhakVRUEhxQk03ZFM3V1p1QT09 Webinar ID: 210-528-475 Webinar Password: 864734 Webinar Description: This webinar is for veterinarians and veterinary technicians to hear the most current information on what we know about COVID-19 in animals. Dr. Tim Baszler, Executive Director of the Washington Animal Diagnostic Disease Laboratory will present information from the lab testing as well as current knowledge. Presenter: Dr. Timothy Baszler Executive Director, Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory Associate Director Disease Surveillance, Paul G. Allen School...

Our environmental practices make pandemics like the coronavirus more likely The story we tell about pandemics casts us as victims of nature. It’s the other way around. By Sigal Samuel  Mar 31, 2020, 8:50am EDT “When you cut down the forest where bats live, they don’t just go away,” explains Sonia Shah. “They come roost in the trees in your backyard.” Universal Images Group via Getty   President Trump likes to refer to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus,” and in so doing he’s popularizing an image of the pandemic as a foreign invasion. He’s not the only one. Although we are (hopefully)...

These recommendations were developed in collaboration with the American Veterinary Medical Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program, The Association of Shelter Veterinarians, University of California-Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 One Health Team. The intent of these recommendations is to facilitate preparedness and establish practices that can help people and companion animals stay safe and healthy. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. States may have their...

AVMA just posted a webinar, “COVID-19: What veterinarians need to know,” that addresses many of the questions we've been receiving. In the webinar, which we recorded late this afternoon, Drs. Gail Golab and Kent McClure cover the latest guidance on COVID-19 and details on the current status of the federal stimulus packages. The webinar is provided through AVMA Axon and available to all at no charge. Specifically the webinar discusses: Best practices to help veterinarians, team members, and practices protect ourselves, our colleagues, and our clients while delivering needed patient care Practical...

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) - pdf version - CARES-Act-March-26-Update As expected, the CARES Act cleared the Senate by a vote of 96-0 just before midnight on March 25. The House appears positioned to pass the bill on Friday, March 26. President Trump has indicated he will sign the legislation. AVMA continues to work through the details of the bill and will post a summary of the final bill on the website after enactment. Notably, the CARES Act represents the most significant stimulus package in our nation's history. It...

Visit the AVMA COVID-19 page for guidance on: - https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19 Keeping Veterinary Teams Healthy Caring for Veterinary Patients and Interactions with Clients Use of Personal Protective Equipment Use Telemedicine to Help Care for Veterinary Patients Potential Supply Chain Impacts Business Considerations ...

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